R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson
August 29th 1891.R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.
.C. C. BUEL,
John Muir, Esq.
Dear Mr. Muir:-
The King's River article came duly to hand, alsothe proofs of the illustrations, and I am much under obligation to you for your attention to the latter and for "coming to time* with the text. I say "coming to time", although really the article suffers some what by the coming only in time. If we had had the text six weeks ago we should hare illustrated the article in a different way, and should have had time to ask you to make a little mors of one or two points and perhaps a little less of one or two others. It is with some difficulty that I have kept separate in the reader's mind your different trips to the Valley, and there was a positive contradiction(illegible) as to your impressions of the injuries to the Valley. But in general the article has a charming flavor Sierra subjects as they leave your hands, and it is very graphic in its description of the main features. The basis of a good article is that it should make you want to go there, and I think this is the best feature of this one* You have, I am sure, done all that is possible to meet our wishes, and under very discouraging circumstances.
R. w. GILDER, EDITOR.
You say you think we should give a picture of the Teche-pitee Dome from the floor, but we had to choose between duplicating that subject or using another one, and we thought better to have as much variety as possible.
I am very sorry that Robinson should think that because he went with you to do some work for us in the Valley he was at liberty to exploit it himself It is considered a point of honor among our artists not to interfere with plans in the execution of which they are employed, and I promptly telegraphed him that we should object to his writing elsewhere about the Valley until after the publication of your article. He did me the courtesy to send to me an article intended for "Kate Field's Washington" for which he had engaged to write, and I am writing to him about that.
I have lagtely had a week of camping-oout with John Burroughs in the Catskills, altogether a very enjoyable holiday. My family are still in Frnce, and expect to sail from Liverpool on the 3rd of October.
What shall we have some for the article? Speak up!
Now for the alaska articles! Plan them thorough and said us a schedule & oblige.
Yours (Illegible) cordially,
R. W. GILDER, EDITOR.
R. U. JOHNSON,
C. C. BUEL,
.P.B. Throughout the whole of your article we have given preference to your data, whether names, heights or descriptions. This is a Muir article and not a Robinson one.
…Union Square, New York
1891 Aug 29
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.
Johnson, Robert Underwood, "Letter from R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson to John Muir, 1891 Aug 29." (1891). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 105.
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